I did go in to work earlier today, to finalize my sub plans. I am having my every three year upper GI tomorrow morning and taking the day off. (I have GERD and pre-cancerous cells in my esophagus, so it's something I have been doing for the last 12 years or so.) I got home barely in time to leave for church, and was sort of frazzled enroute, but once I was there I was glad I made the effort. I love being in church, singing, listening to the pastor, and reflecting on my week ahead. Ironically, there are many Sunday mornings that I am intent on making up any excuse possible, not to drag myself out the door. Yet, I've never been disappointed. Never have I arrived, sat through the hour, and said, "Boy I wish I'd stayed home instead!" It just doesn't happen.
Anyway, on the drive home I told my husband I was going to head down to the Saturday Market. I asked if he wanted to come along, and he didn't, so I was going alone. I had a mission. I wanted to replace a dead lilac tree that I had planted a couple years ago. I was hoping I'd find one for a reasonable price.
I loved the drive, with the sun beating through the windshield, and my driver's window down for fresh air. I found a perfect parking place fairly close (expecting the pot with the lilac to be heavy) and after maneuvering back and forth for what seemed like 10 minutes (I'm the world's worse parallel parker!) I was excited to see a gal carrying a lilac heading my direction! Hurrah!
The market was crowded in a nice way, with every sort of person imaginable, and lots of dogs to keep things interesting. The playground was full of kids laughing and shouting, swings squeaking and parent voices. I saw numerous booths with fresh flowers. I didn't need any, as I have quite a bit blooming at home, but nice to keep in mind for later.
My neighbor took this photo of my daffodils out front and sent it to me!
Lots of folks were buying veggies, fresh and plants, but husband had already warned me not to buy plants, as it's too early for most veggies to be in the ground.
I found a pink lilac, and considered purchasing it, until I remembered the lilac gardens in Woodland, just a twenty minute hop north on the freeway. I walked the length of the market, just for good measure, bought homemade dark chocolates filled with coconut for David (and a small bag of kettle corn for me!) and headed out toward the freeway.
Arriving at Hulda Klager's Lilac farm I was disappointed to find an empty parking lot, and a sign telling me that I was one week too early! They don't open until next Saturday. Rats! I kept driving out to the tulip fields but it was so crowded that I couldn't find a parking space so I didn't linger. Instead I checked out a couple of antique shops on the other side of the freeway that I'm always passing by as my family never wants to stop! I didn't find much, just this cute little plant stand for on the deck, but it was fun to take my time and browse.
This will be sweet with a planter I've ordered from a former student, soon to arrive!
Nikki is bored with picture taking and ignoring me. She wants to walk!
I spent most of yesterday on the computer, trying to figure out the rail travel between some of the cities and places we hope to visit. I think I've determined that we will be wise to purchase Britrail passes for everyone while we are in England. It appears to be the way to go when we are traveling from Manchester to Chester, and also to Liverpool. I think we can use it when we get to London to travel to Cambridge, a dream for Jessica and I. If anyone out there knows that buying the rail pass is a bad idea, please let me know asap!!
I also researched the possibility of visiting the Isle of Jersey, and after figuring out the ferry schedule, and the limited time we have in that part of France, I resigned myself to putting that wish off for another time. I checked out airfare from Portland to the Isle of Jersey and it isn't cheap, but . . . who knows what the future will bring??
It's been a good day, full of sunshine, laughter, and travels, both real and virtual. I'm getting more excited about our plans, but also more nervous. This trip is a BIG DEAL to me, and I am realizing that I can attempt to plan all I want, but the bottom line is I don't really know what to expect. I just need to trust that whatever happens will be what is supposed to happen, and it will be worth it!