Sunrise was at 5:12, sunset will be at 9:11, 3 seconds less daytime today.
Cool, gray, not raining, yet. It's supposed to get partly sunny and into the 70's later. I'll believe it when I see it. There are blue jays in the trees and a young squirrel (where do the babies nest?) is investigating the maple. I've seen one hummingbird this spring and only a few bees - lots of bumbles, not so many honey.
On my afternoon walk around the block, I go up to the Windermere building at the edge of the Third Place mall's parking lot and look at their plantings. Yesterday, the small, white-flowered bushes were humming with bees, bees that look like honey bees but their lower abdomens were red! I've never seen that before. The smoke bush had teensy explosions of flowers and they were filled with bees darting in and out, bouncing heavily on the tiny florets. I go there for ideas for plants to put in our garden. We are hoping to become an attractive bee spot.
If you are looking for a good series for boys ages 11 and up, try the CHERUB series, by Robert Muchamore. They've reissued them from a mass market format to a trade paper, I think they are a little more attractive now, but the entire series isn't available in this format, yet. You could probably find some used in the other format and it would be worth buying them all at once because your kids will want to keep going after the first.
I read the first one, The Recruit, over the weekend and I really enjoyed it. It's about a smart troublemaker, James, who is recruited into CHERUB, a group of secret agents, highly trained and talented, and all under the age of 17. No one knows about them, but they are sent into dangerous situations because no one ever thinks that children are spying on them. I am really looking forward to reading the next one. (Simon and Schuster. Available now. $7.99)
Oh, I started this book after seeing Super 8 and I LOVED it. I like science fiction movies and the kids in this are amazing actors. Let me know what you thought of it.
Bee Sting with a side of Kindness.
3 weeks ago