Tuesday, June 09, 2009

When "Nothing, Mom" is actually something...and it's good

Saturday was a lazy kind of day for Issei and his buddy, Satoru. Neither young man is big on sports so they hang together, usually playing their Nintendos or doing whatever it is they do with the gazillion Dragon Quest cards they have. Saturday was just a regular day for them.

I finally kicked their butts out gently pushed them out of the entrance way of our house and they ended up on the stairs, near our house that lead up to the next landing and a small park. They sat there for a long time.

"Issei....what are you two doing?"

"Nothing, Mom."

(a little later)

"Issei.....what's going on?"

"Still nothing, Mom."

(Such a smart ass, that one!)

We had this conversation....or similar ones...a few more times over the next two hours. The last time, I knew I had bothered them enough when, I swear to you, I saw both boys roll their eyes. ~~sheesh~~ Kids these day, huh? :-D

A little after that...they came in and borrowed my camera and were kind of excited about what they had done. This is what their "nothing" was:

Do you see what it is? They scraped the moss off the cement and got a little creative....

Wait.....let me give you something to compare it to.....

How's this?

I do so love that boy of mine...and his friend, Satoru, too!
May they have many more days of "Nothing, Mom."
As the weather is changing, ever so slowly, from the beautiful spring weather that we are usually blessed with....to the nasty, icky, muggy, sticky, "oh my God I can't breathe" rainy season...our garden is loving the weather.
Our ajisai (hydrangeas) are starting to bloom and the colors are very bright this year. Right behind the house, the K-Man has his "fruit orchard"....okay....not so much an orchard as just some blueberry, raspberry and blackberry vines....oh and he planted an olive tree, too.
The blueberries are producing almost faster than we can pick and eat them...and this is a good thing. Every morning we have fresh blueberries with our yogurt or cereal....I made pancakes and there were more than just a couple blueberries per pancake....they were awesome.
(Which is sooo much better than that first year, when I made blueberry muffins, there were 2, count 'em, 2 blueberries stuck in the top of each muffin!!!)
The raspberries are blooming and it will be awhile before we can have any fruit. The blackberries haven't even started blooming...or even looking like they are thinking about blooming, so it may be quite awhile before we can munch on those.
(The olive tree? hmmm...I'm hoping we're still able to remember what it is by the time it starts to produce....!)
The last picture is a dessert that I made last weekend....sponge cake on the bottom sprinkled with mango juice, a layer of sliced mangos then homemade vanilla pudding (oh yes, I did!), some blueberries, then whipped cream and topped with mango sauce and more blueberries.
The only way we could have made that better is if there had been some cream cheese in there somewhere....hmmm...maybe next time!!

Also, last weekend....in the cleaning frenzy that we had going on around here....the boys' room got cleaned...as did the living room (moi)....and the K-Man tackled the garden.
Some before/after shots to show that the Kuroiwa's (at least the older two!) were a hard working duo this weekend!!
(Personally...I think I was channeling Martha AND Anthea...I was a tired puppy on Sunday nite!!)
Yeah...except that last room....still a "work in progress"!!
That room is going to take forevah!!


Cid said...

I can't believe you are already picking blueberries - my most favourite fruit. We are stuck in the spring that may never end, cold, wet and miserable. I would even welcome debating which is worse - the heat or the humidity at this point.
Well done on your clean up and the junior cartographers.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

What wonderful things you grow in your garden. My husband and I have been talking about putting some berry vines against our back fence. I'll have to look into what would do well here.

smalltownmom said...

Excellent map.

Janet said...

I knew what that was a map of immediately!

Mmmm...nothing like fresh fruit!

Anonymous said...

I thought the map was a chicken or roadrunner... but - wow - nice map!

Your desert sounds deelish! We'll just call you Marthea...

3rdEyeMuse said...

you've got all the berries that I YEARN to grow growing ... I've got a serious case of berry envy ...

LOVE that "Japan in Moss" by the boys ... and that they wanted to photograph it, too ... priceless!

GREAT job, K-fam!! Everything looks terrific. :)

Busy Bee Suz said...

I LOVE the boys enthusiasm with the moss map. Perhaps you can show them how to do this with weeds as well? They are too clever.
Your flowers and fruit are just divine...that dessert w/ the mango? OUT OF THIS WORLD PRETTY. I want it. Can you send me some of that too? :) Kidding.
Getting work done around the house...i love this so much. Such accomplishments make me puff with pride.

hulagirlatheart said...

Sigh. Blueberries, raspberries and hydrangeas all at your fingertips. I'm jealous.

mysteryhistorymom said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, Sweetie! Your comments really made my day!:)
I am LOVING your blog I know what you mean about your ovaries doing cartwheels! What a sweet baby.:) Precious. And fake tans! Oh my ! I try it every year! You and I can fight for the title of Snow White!:) lol! Lori

Moxy Jane said...

Wow! I absolutely love the moss rendering of Japan!! I doubt I could do that of Texas, much less the entire country! Nothing, indeed.

Beautiful fruit and YAY for getting things cleaned and organized!! You're living my dream;-)

Moxy Jane
Austin, TX